Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Want A Half Hour With God, Or Hundreds With Your Favorite Seminary Professor?

I remember Dave Black sharing something with me probably four or five years ago: "A half an hour with God is worth more than hundreds of hours with a seminary professor." He probably has no idea, but that little line was instantly uploaded into my brain . . . and my heart. There's a tendency when you are in seminary to gravitate towards people you want to emulate, people that have demonstrated a vast knowledge of the Word of God, and people who simply open up their lives and carve out significant portions of space just for you. That happens. There's nothing wrong with that in and of itself. There can't be really. That's a lot of what discipleship is all about. You have to have one person pouring his or her life into another person's.

There is, on the hand, a looming danger. It's one you really have to be careful with. There's a temptation to value time with your favorite seminary professor more than you value time with the Lord. No one would really say that's what happened, if it's true in their lives. But when we dig down to the heart of the matter, it's possible that's the case. Here are just five ways you can check if this temptation might have you by the heels:
1. If you don't pray regularly, but you would never miss an invitation to get coffee or come over for dinner with your favorite seminary professor.
2. If you can quote more things your favorite seminary professor says than you can quote passages from Bible. 
3. If people know you as your favorite seminary professor's disciple more than being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
4. If you are weighing a future decision about your life and you spend more time talking about "what to do" with your favorite seminary professor than you do in prayer to God. 
5. If the idea of getting a bad grade from your favorite seminary professor scares you more than not hearing "well done, good and faithful servant" from Jesus Christ.  

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